History, 1838–1856, volume B-1 [1 September 1834–2 November 1838]

  • Source Note
  • Historical Introduction
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her neck, are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their  scattered condition among the Gentiles.—

29 March 1838 • Thursday

<March, 29  Joseph’s Letter to  the Presidency at .> , March 29th. 1838.—
To the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in .
Dear and well beloved brethren: Through the grace and mercy of our God, after  a long and tedious journey of two months and one day, I and my family arri ved in the City of , having been met at , 120 miles from this  place by brethren with teams and money to forward us on our journey. When  within 8 miles of the City of , we were met by an escort of brethren from  the city, viz. , , and several others of  the faithful of the west, who received us with open arms and warm hearts  and welcomed us to the bosom of their society. On our arrival in the  city, we were greeted on every hand, by the Saints who bid us welcome,  welcome; to the land of their inheritance.
Dear brethren, you may be  assured that so friendly a meeting and reception paid us well for our  long seven years of servitude, persecution and affliction in the midst of our  enemies in the land of : yea verily our hearts were full, and  we feel greatful grateful to Almighty God for his kindness unto us. The particulars  of our journey, brethren, cannot well be written, but we trust that the same  God who has protected us will protect you also, and will sooner or later grant  us the privilege of seeing each other face to face. and of rehearsing all our  sufferings.
We have heard of the destruction of the ,  which we presume to beleive must have been occasioned by the ity <party>,  or more properly the Aristocrats or Anarchies. The saints here have pro vided a room for us and daily necessaries, which are brought in from  all parts of the country, to make us comfortable; so that I have nothing  to do but to attend to my Spiritual concerns, or the spiritual affairs  of the church.
The difficulties of the church had been adjusted,  before my arrival here, by a judicious High Council, with and , who acted as Presidents “Pro Tempore”  of the church of Zion, being appointed by the voice of the council and  church: and , having been cut off from  the Church, remaining as yet.
The saints at this  time are in Union; and peace and love prevails throughout: in a  word. heaven smiles upon the saints in . Various and many  have been the falsehoods written from thence to this place, but have  availed nothing. We have no uneasiness about the power of our enem ies in this place to do us harm. Bro and family  arrived here soon after we did in good health. Brothers , , and arrived here when we did  they were with us on the last of our journey, which ended much to  our satisfaction. They also are well. They have provided places for  their families, and are now about to break the ground for seed.
Having been under the hands of wicked and vexatious lawsuits for  seven years past, my business was so deranged that I was not able  to leave it in so good a situation as I had anticipated, but if  there are any wrongs, they shall all be noticed so far as the Lord  gives me ability and power to do so. Say to all the brethren that I  have not forgotten them, but remember them in my prayers. [p. 785]
her neck, are the curses of God upon her, or the remnants of Israel in their scattered condition among the Gentiles.—

29 March 1838 • Thursday

March, 29 Joseph’s Letter to the Presidency at . , March 29th. 1838.—
To the Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in .
Dear and well beloved brethren: Through the grace and mercy of our God, after a long and tedious journey of two months and one day, I and my family arrived in the City of , having been met at , 120 miles from this place by brethren with teams and money to forward us on our journey. When within 8 miles of the City of , we were met by an escort of brethren from the city, viz. , , and several others of the faithful of the west, who received us with open arms and warm hearts and welcomed us to the bosom of their society. On our arrival in the city, we were greeted on every hand, by the Saints who bid us welcome, ; to the land of their inheritance.
Dear brethren, you may be assured that so friendly a meeting and reception paid us well for our long seven years of servitude, persecution and affliction in the midst of our enemies in the land of : yea verily our hearts were full, and we feel grateful to Almighty God for his kindness unto us. The particulars of our journey, brethren, cannot well be written, but we trust that the same God who has protected us will protect you also, and will sooner or later grant us the privilege of seeing each other face to face. and of rehearsing all our sufferings.
We have heard of the destruction of the , which we presume to beleive must have been occasioned by the party, or more properly the Aristocrats or Anarchies. The saints here have provided a room for us and daily necessaries, which are brought in from all parts of the country, to make us comfortable; so that I have nothing to do but to attend to my Spiritual concerns, or the spiritual affairs of the church.
The difficulties of the church had been adjusted, before my arrival here, by a judicious High Council, with and , who acted as Presidents “Pro Tempore” of the church of Zion, being appointed by the voice of the council and church: and , having been cut off from the Church, remaining as yet.
The saints at this time are in Union; and peace and love prevails throughout: in a word. heaven smiles upon the saints in . Various and many have been the falsehoods written from thence to this place, but have availed nothing. We have no uneasiness about the power of our enemies in this place to do us harm. Bro and family arrived here soon after we did in good health. Brothers , , and arrived here when we did they were with us on the last of our journey, which ended much to our satisfaction. They also are well. They have provided places for their families, and are now about to break the ground for seed.
Having been under the hands of wicked and vexatious lawsuits for seven years past, my business was so deranged that I was not able to leave it in so good a situation as I had anticipated, but if there are any wrongs, they shall all be noticed so far as the Lord gives me ability and power to do so. Say to all the brethren that I have not forgotten them, but remember them in my prayers. [p. 785]
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